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Historical and Prospective Adoption Rates of Transport Technologies


Traditional transportation forecasts do not consider changes in technology. Yet we know technologies change, and those changes consequently affects underlying behaviours. Providing insight into changes can help more fully inform transportation decisions. We can gain such insight through the analysis of the adoption of a wealth of historical transport technologies, which started out as options on new high-end vehicles and eventually became standard, ranging from anti-lock braking systems to in-vehicle air conditioning. This may provide insight into the adoption rates of Automated Vehicle and Electrical Vehicle Systems.


Professor David Levinson.

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Civil Engineering

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This research examines a series of historical technologies in depth.  For each of the studied technologies (for instance, from Ward’s Automotive data is available on: Automatic Transmission, 5-Speed Transmission, 6-Speed Transmission, All-Wheel Drive, 4-Cylinder Engine, 5-Cyllnder Engine, 6-Cylinder Engine, 8-Cylinder Engine, Stability Control, Antilock Brakes, Power Door Locks, 
Power Seats,, 4 or 6 way 
Memory Seats, 
Power Windows, Sun Roof, Side Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags, Navigation System, Keyless Remote, Air Conditioning, Automatic Temp. Control,  Air Conditioning, Manual Temp. Control, Limited-Slip Differential,  Styled Wheels,  Automatic Headlamp, Cruise Control).

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2230

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